In order to not have seminar today, we (a joined group of anonymous writing assistants) have complied this non-spurious list of the most un-heinous-totally-radical-gnarly-bodacious stuff that happened throughout history on this wonderful fourth day of the self proclaimed month of the Julian Calendar:
1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne was born, American writer (d. 1864)
1845 - Near Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau embarks on a two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond.
1855 - In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems titled Leaves of Grass is published.
1865 - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is published.
1910 - African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match sparking race riots across the United States.
1946 - After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule, the Philippines is granted full independence by the United States. July Fourth is known as Filipino-American Friendship Day.
1997 - NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
Deaths (Does anyone else smell a conspiracy?)
1826 - John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (b. 1735)
1826 - Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States (b. 1743)
1831 - James Monroe, 5th President of the United States (b. 1758)
Oh yeah, in 17-something, a bunch of people got together and signed a piece of paper that I hear is kind of important, I think. But seriously, what’s more important than the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah joining Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi in 1887?